Barack Obama

The $1.1 trillion budget deal: Too many trade-offs?

The $1.1 trillion budget deal: Too many trade-offs?

The sales job is on for a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year. The massive measure contains a dozens of trade-offs between Democrats and Republicans as it fleshes out the details of the budget […]

Resistance to changes in NSA phone record keeping

Resistance to changes in NSA phone record keeping

Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans’ phone records to help the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. They’re worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do. President […]

More older Americans than young applying for Obamacare

More older Americans than young applying for Obamacare

Younger people went for President Barack Obama at election time, but will they buy his health insurance? New government figures show it’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under Obama’s health care law. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from […]

Yes, America did well in the ‘war on poverty’

Yes, America did well in the ‘war on poverty’

In an unabashed endorsement of government action to alleviate the plight of the poor, this week President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty with his own call for new policies to address the continued struggles of tens of millions of Americans. In his official statement, Obama remarked that, “In the richest […]

Without young enrollees, Obamacare could get sick

Without young enrollees, Obamacare could get sick

Now that more than 2 million people have signed up for private insurance plans created by President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, a crucial next check-up for the new marketplace will be to see how old customers are. Early data from a handful of state exchanges shows the administration needs more young adults to sign up […]

Gates says his book is ‘an honest account’

Gates says his book is ‘an honest account’

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he doesn’t regret anything he wrote in his controversial new book and calls the memoir “an honest account.” In “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War,” the former Pentagon chief under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama raises questions about Obama’s war leadership and harshly criticizes Vice President […]

Supremes asked to limit Obama’s appointment powers

Supremes asked to limit Obama’s appointment powers

The Supreme Court is refereeing a politically charged dispute between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans over the president’s power to temporarily fill high-level positions. The case being argued at the high court Monday is the first in the nation’s history to consider the meaning of the provision of the Constitution that allows the president […]

Dems join GOP to pass bill aimed at Obamacare security

Dems join GOP to pass bill aimed at Obamacare security

The Republican-led House voted overwhelmingly Friday to bolt new security requirements onto President Barack Obama’s health care law, with 67 Democrats breaking ranks to join with the GOP. It was the first skirmish of what is certain to be a long and contentious election-year fight. The vote was 291-122 with Republicans relentlessly focusing on “Obamacare,” […]

A weak month for hiring as unemployment drops

A weak month for hiring as unemployment drops

The weakest month of hiring in three years ended 2013 on a sluggish note and raised questions about whether the U.S. job market can sustain its recent strong gains. Employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December after averaging 214,000 in the previous four months. Economists cautioned that cold weather likely played a role in […]